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Be careful what you say, Google is listening

In this post from Mike Cooper there is a video that shows you how your computer (Google)can listen to your conversations for unlimited amounts of time.  Important for you to check out and be aware of....

With all of the technology in our lives today, it only stands to reason that somewhere along the line, someone would be able to listen in to our conversations. It appears that Google has met that challenge.

On the page, there is a microphone on the right side of the Google search bar. If you turn that microphone on to engage in voice commands on your computer make sure you also turn it off. The microphone can stay on and record your conversations while you work.

If you're using Google Chrome, this is an issue that appears to be active. Kim Komando put out a call for caution on her daily update. Take a look below and be careful out there.


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Comment balloon 19 commentsDebbie Walsh • January 23 2014 09:49AM


That's kind of scary.  Thx for spreading the word.  Good talking to you the other day.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

Wow! I had no idea. Thanks, Debra

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Thanks for the heads up, Mike.  Agents have confidential conversations daily and this could be an issue.  We're all adjusting to this *new world*


Posted by Melanie Narducci, Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert (Hillscape Properties, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Thanks for the re-blog, Debra!  This is just another reason why I like Yahoo and stay  with Internet Explorer or Firefox as browsers.

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) over 6 years ago

Glad we use Firefox. 

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 6 years ago

Good to know; I've not used it but will make sure I turn it off if I do use it!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 6 years ago

So if the microphone is not activated, I'm ok?  I have never used voice activation...I think it's annoying!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 6 years ago

"Could", in could be an issue, being the operative word. You have to have more going on than just having your microphone on to be in any actual danger here.

Posted by Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Brad MacKenzie) over 6 years ago

Debra: Thank goodness I have not enabled this command. It may probably be one of the things that I could have easily overlooked.

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) over 6 years ago

Howdy and afternoon Debra

Debra my AR friend,  I don't have any kind micropnes on any of my computers. Thats sure not at all a good thing for folks which do.

Happiness sure is Homemade
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 6 years ago

Debra this is amazing, I had no idea. I guess Google is the Future today!, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 6 years ago

To my knowledge, I have not enable the microphone and will check it asap.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 6 years ago

Too my knowledge I have never enabled the microphone either but what a thing to have to worry about!  Definitely a good thing to know!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 6 years ago

Thanks for the heads up Debra. I'll have to check this out.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Janice...creepy isn't it?

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 6 years ago

I wouldn't be surprised if Google is not only listening, but watching you as well. They can probably watch you on any device with a camera attached; laptop, desktop, tablet, and even smart phone. It's getting a little scary. 

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate over 6 years ago

Troy - Great - thanks for that!  LOL

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 6 years ago

Debbie, Thanks for blogging this topic!  Google has some serious tech power that is for sure.

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 6 years ago

Sam - That is so true!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 6 years ago